Dunwoody students study abroad in Cuba

Eight Dunwoody students have another bullet to add to their résumé (and a lot of photos to add to their portfolios) thanks to a recent study aboard trip to Cuba!

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Architecture students Alex Stanley, Celina Nelson, and Gianna Madison; Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology student Patrick Kowal; Construction Project Management student Kate Anderson; and Construction Management students Freddy Jara, Aaron Davis, and Jake Benson-Devine joined Senior Instructor Alex Wong, Program Manager Heather Gay, and Dean Bridget Reynolds on the nine-day adventure late last month.

During their trip, students had the opportunity to experience the city-life of Havanna, the small town charm of Santa Clara, the history behind Trinidad port, and the captivating beauty of Topes De Collantes National Park.

Trip highlights included:
Havanna
  • Studying the reconstruction and restoration of Havanna
  • Learning what technical education looks like in another country
  • Experiencing different types of food and music
Santa Clara
  • Learning what construction materials and methods are used for restoration projects in a more rural area
  • Learning how smaller educational institutions train students for jobs
  • Understanding how a construction site is prepared in another country
Trinidad
  • Discovering the national influences and inspirations behind the port’s design
  • Seeing the many different goods being imported and exported
  • Learning the history behind residential design and how pirates and weather played a role
  • Studying the evolution of the port’s economy and society

Topes De Collantes National Park

  • Hiking the Escambray Mountains
  • Swimming in the basin of a waterfall
Trip photos:

The College plans to offer another study abroad trip summer of 2018.

To learn more about the 2017 Study Abroad trip, visit: https://cubacmgt1901.wordpress.com

Dunwoody IISE Student Chapter hosts Six Sigma Training

IMG_3670Earlier this month, Dunwoody College of Technology’s Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Student Chapter hosted a Six Sigma Training, certifying participants in Six Sigma Green Belt, the first credential in a series of certifications focused on lean processes.

The Six Sigma Green Belt certification is widely recognized throughout the industry, and the credential gives students an edge in their job search, signifying that they are well-versed in lean processes and process improvement.

Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter President Dustin Szumowski organized the event with the IISE National Chapter, inviting students from North Dakota State University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The training ran for 8 hours on both Friday and Saturday with a two-part exam on Sunday.

“I thought the event went great! Everyone had fun and learned more about process improvement,” Szumowski said. “I think that it is a great way to get ahead of others competing in the job market.”

Dunwoody’s IISE Student Chapter is open to students enrolled in the Industrial Engineering Technology bachelor’s completion degree program. Learn more at dunwoody.edu.

 

Dunwoody College of Technology 2017 Spring Semester Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s spring 2017 semester dean’s list. The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 (or higher) grade point average while being a full-time student*.

Abnet Eli
Adam Birra
Albers Samuel
Andersen Matthew
Anderson Brett
Anderson Katelyn
Anderson Peter
Anderson Tyler
Arnold Alysa
Artmann Hailey
Augustine Megan
Bachorik Benjamin
Baillie Colleen
Bares Tyler
Barkley Paul
Barrett Chayse
Bates Kelly
Bautch John
Becker Ikaria
Beery Kyle
Benson Luke
Berg Jeremy
Beutel Timothy
Biros Hannah
Blesener Andrew
Boehm Andrew
Boesch Kelly
Boie Erik
Booth Adam
Bosak Jack
Boyer Madeline
Bredeson Jordan
Broadston Joseph
Broom Thomas
Brummer Brandon
Bry Robin
Caddy Chad
Carpenter Brian
Caudillo Robert
Cerney Michael
Charles Brad
Charles Taylor
Christian Brady
Christner Samantha
Chughtai Shaum
Coffin Nathan
Coleman Peter
Connoy Paul
Conway Nicholas
Curtin John
Curtis Isaiah
Dahl Ashley
Dahlquist Aaron
Dallman James
Darden Jazmine
Davis Michael
DeCurtins Adam
Deluna Walldo
Demos James
Dillie Kyle
Dirks John
Donovan Bailey
Dubiel Sirena
Duncan Andrew
Eisele Dylon
El Hmamsi Adam
Ellsworth Margaret
Elrod Jay
Emly Cole
Enoch Jacob
Erickson Travis
Fahrendorff Isaac
Fanslow Jared
Faraone Dale
Fischer Paige
Fjerstad Benjamin
Flaherty Connor
Fletschock Rachelle
Forcier Dustin
Forslund Ryan
Frantti Bret
Frederick Hans
French Antoine
Friendshuh Dustin
Fujitake Mark
Gainous David
Gandrud Alexander
Gebhard Jesse
Gedion Sisay
Geleck Tenzin
Genzler Michael
Gildemeister Daniel
Gillund Kurt
Glass Leonard
Gohl Adam
Grindahl Robert
Grommersch James
Groshens Zackery
Grzeskowiak Jason
Guion John
Haak Samantha
Haddorff Jeffrey
Hagman Cody
Hahn Tyler
Hall Erik
Halloran Keven
Halvorson Neil
Hamer Michael
Hammond Kaitlyn
Hammond Robert
Hanka Josiah
Hanlon Daniel
Hannover Danial
Hansen Chad
Hansen Karl
Harris Ryan
Hart Jessica
Harvey Nicholas
Haugen Brann
Hauser Logan
Hawks Anthony
Her Doua
Herber Logan
Herrera Rodrigo
Herrick Matthew
Hertel Jessica
Hibbs Andrew
Hiepler Michael
Hill Tiara
Hiniker William
Hinnenkamp Franklin
Hlavka Eric
Hoferkamp Brittany
Hokkanen Spencer
Holeton Ashley
Holt Dustin
Huber Adam
Hurd Daniel
Huycke Megan
Hyland Troy
Isackson-Rod Indigo
Isetts Blake
Janda Peter
Janiak Jordan
Jenkins Katherine
Jensen Leo
Jensen Taylor
Jeske John
Jocelyn Jeremy
Johnson Andrew
Johnson Jacob
Johnson Kari
Johnson Zachary
Jones Aaron
Keizer Brandon
Kelliher John
Kelly Stephen
Keohanam Souvanno
Kieger Michael
Kiltinen Shelby
Klegstad Jacob
Kloos Brian
Kohman Steven
Kostelecky Lucas
Kowal Patrick
Kromschroeder Kasey
Kuchta Benjamin
Kuennen Connor
Lang Marshall
Larsen Benjamin
Larson Jacob
Larson Maria
Le Jacqueline
Le Ngoc Khanh
Le Thanh
Leistico Jonathan
Leistikow Samuel
Lende Brandie
Lenselink Daniel
Linahon Alex
Lofgren Chad
Longendyke Matthew
Lorenz Thomas
Luangrath Bennieco
Lueddecke Alec
Mabusth John
Machtemes Joseph
Maciej Alex
Mack Michael
Madison Gianna
Magnuson Scott
Mahoney Daniel
Maier Dana
Mandt Kerry
Martinez Michael
Matejka Brennen
Maupin Erik
McCauley-Aburto Aaron
McConnell William
McDonald Patrick
McNamer Patrick
Mecklin Betty
Meyer Mickie
Miller Charles
Mingo Tanner
Mitchell Christian
Mitchell Steven
Molenaar Michael
Montgomery Madison
Moore Bradley
Morales Emily
Moyer Sean
Moynihan John
Mrdjenovich Maranda
Murphy Conor
Nakada Michael
Naslund Zachary
Nelson Celina
Nelson Jenna
Nelson Nathaniel
Nguyen Phat
Nickolay Matthew
Njankenji McBonn
Nordstrom Jay
Northway Travis
Oknich Adam
Olson Andrew
Olson Christopher
Olson Steven
Olson Travis
Oneel Shaun
Orenge Gaudencia
Ortega Dario
Orzechowski Matthew
Paucar Angel
Pearson Joshua
Peltonen Cody
Peraza Karina
Perry Daniel
Petersen Andrew
Peterson Matthew
Petrie Kristofer
Phandanouvong Sylvester
Pollard Rachel
Posterick Donald
Price Mary
Pysher Mitchell
Quasabart Grant
Rastall Austin
Reed Kathryn
Reese Sahasha
Regenscheid Steven
Resch Keith
Ritt Christopher
Roberts Cory
Robinson Blake
Rodewald Madelyn
Rodriguez Ari
Rodriguez Marcos
Rodriguez Roberto
Rogers Joshua
Rolfe Michael
Rono Makto
Rosecrans Caleb
Ruelle Paul
Rugarabamu Jesca
Rush Anthony
Rylander Jacob
Sala Patrick
Salcido Alejandro
Santiago Otero Amylee
Sapp Justin
Schafer Taylor
Schmitz Andrew
Schneider Lucas
Schon Matthew
Schrader Brett
Schreder Kyle
Schulz Patrick
Schumacher Brianna
Scollick Jeremy
Sebesta Taylor
Seurer Kurtis
Shelley Abraham
Shoemaker Ethan
Skattum Ross
Skildum Nicholas
Sloneker Justin
Smeaton Kyle
Smith Cody
Smith Leah
Smith Luke
Smith Ricky
Smoter Devyn
Snyder Matthew
Somers Rebekah
Sosa Eric
Sowder Shane
Spartz John
St. Martin Isaac
Steffens Paul
Stewart Steven
Stolp Craig
Strand Steven
Strickland Benjamin
Struzyk Victor
Sulheim Nicholas
Sullivan Michael
Swanson Ian
Swanson Lindsay
Swenson Jennifer
Szumowski Dustin
Teipel Holly
Thao Jesse
Thelen Ryan
Thiel Erica
Thiery Anthony
Thompson Kathleen
Toenges Bradley
Torma Garron
Towne Peter
Tran Jacob
Treat Daniel
Trembulak Timothy
Vaaj Viviane
Valley Jesse
VanderVorste Adam
VanRoekel Garrett
Villalobos Marcos
Wagner Terrence
Wakeham Shannon
Walczak Rob
Waldof Karen
Waldusky Robert
Walesch Nicholas
Waller Justin
Wallin Marc
Warehime Kristin
Warumzer Benjamin
Weeks John
Weis Kenneth
Welch Braden
Wenthe Christopher
Wigton Timothy
Wiisanen Christopher
Williams Michael
Winget Andrea
Wise Mason
Wittrock Erica
Wood Lynnette
Wright Isaac
Wuollet Abigail
Xiong Cheenou
Xiong Jewell
Xiong Kenneth
Yang Cha
Yang Julie
Yardley Shoshana
Zastavskiy Roman
Zdon Christopher
Zmuda Charles


*Student must take a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time. 

Exploring Dunwoody Electrical Degrees

An in-depth look at two of Dunwoody’s fastest-growing programs: Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Magic.

That’s how Electrical Construction & Maintenance Principal Instructor Polly Friendshuh describes electricity to her students on their first day of lecture.

“When you think about it, you are teaching someone something that is basically invisible to the naked eye,” Friendshuh said. “It is something you cannot see. So how do we make sense out of that?”

IMG_2644If a career in magic—or electricity—seems abstract to you, you’re not alone.

“Most of the students who come to talk to us about the Electrical Construction & Maintenance program don’t have an understanding of what the program really is,” said Electrical Construction & Maintenance Principal Instructor Steve Lee. “They have a picture in their head of wiring a house or doing some kind of small or large commercial project—and that’s it.

“But there’s more than that. It’s troubleshooting, servicing, installation, and repair in any facet that you can think of where there is electricity. It’s more than just the plug-ins and the lights you see in your house.”

Some of those facets include electrical systems like renewable energy, solar power, elevators, batteries, fire alarms, and security.

But finding an interest in electricity is only just the beginning. The next step is determining what career path to take. 

Exploring Dunwoody Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Dunwoody College offers associate’s degrees in Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance.

Dunwoody Electrical Design & Management students presenting final design projects to industry partners

Dunwoody Electrical Design & Management student presenting final design projects to industry partners

Generally speaking, students who pursue a degree in Electrical Construction Design & Management work indoors, using computer software programs like AutoCAD and Revit to design construction documents. They work directly with architects and building owners to determine what kinds of electrical systems are logical and possible in a new or existing structure.

Common job titles for program graduates include Electrical Designers, Electrical Estimators, and Electrical Project Managers. On average, these workers make about $54,300 annually and are typically employed at electrical contracting companies or engineering firms.

Students who graduate from Dunwoody’s Electrical Construction & Maintenance take the proposals put forth by electrical designers and help make it happen. It’s their job to ensure the submitted blueprints are up to code and that the proposed designs will actually work in the given space.

Dunwoody Electrical Construction & Maintenance student practices residential wiring inside Dunwoody's onsite house

Dunwoody Electrical Construction & Maintenance student practices residential wiring inside Dunwoody’s onsite house

Using their main tools of screwdrivers, benders, and wire cutters, these workers spend their days installing and maintaining electrical systems in a wide array of buildings, from residential to commercial to industrial and manufacturing.

Graduates from this program go on to become Apprentice or Maintenance Electricians, which make, on average, $58,810 annually.*

But, no matter the path, both electrical designers and electricians work hand-in-hand.

“We’re really two sides of the same blueprint,” said Electrical Design & Management Senior Instructor Nick Bohl. “It’s just a matter of figuring out whether you want to be the person creating and designing the blue prints or if you want to be the person who brings it to life.”

Choosing the right career path

But, sometimes that decision isn’t always obvious—especially for students right out of high school. That’s why Dunwoody’s electrical department is purposefully set-up so students in both the Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance programs take the exact same classes their first year.

Dunwoody Electrical Construction & Maintenance student trains on actual equipment during lab time

This provides a chance for students who are interested in electrical systems—but don’t yet know what path they’d like to take—an opportunity to experience both professions.

“Usually when you go to college, you have to pick a major. And for someone right out of high school or someone relatively young, that’s hard because you’re looking at your future and thinking ‘what do I do?’” Friendshuh said.

“So the opportunity to experience both paths helps tremendously. It’s a huge selling point of the programs for a lot of people, because students can come in, see both careers, and know they won’t be stuck.”

The course schedule also provides students with another major benefit: the ability to complete both programs—and earn both associate’s degrees—in just three years.

“It’s unbelievable what opens up for you when you have got both the hands-on skills and the computer/design skills,” Lee said.

Dunwoody Construction Management student verifying blueprints

Dunwoody Construction Management student verifying blueprints

Another career path available to both program graduates is in project management. Dunwoody’s Construction Management bachelor’s completion degree allows students to transfer their two-year electrical degree directly into a four-year bachelors degree in Construction Management.

Two additional years of schooling allows graduates to quickly move up in their given industries, taking on leadership roles such as Project Manager, Construction Manager, Estimator, or Construction Business Owner.

As managers, graduates can expect to oversee the work of both the designers and the electricians. They develop building schedules and estimates, monitor build progress, and track construction costs to make sure the project gets done on time and within budget.

The average annual salary for employees in these positions is around $90,470.*

Dunwoody graduates in high demand

Graduates from all three programs are in high demand. In fact, Electrical Construction Design & Management, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, and Construction Management each placed 100% of their students last year.**

And, in many cases, those students were hired while they were still in school.

Dunwoody Electrical students touring the new U.S. Bank Stadium

Dunwoody Electrical students touring the new U.S. Bank Stadium

“These students are hirable,” Friendshuh said. “Most electrical students are working by their first year—in their field. If you want a job and you want options, this career path is it.”

Bohl agreed: “Our students hit the ground [running]. They come out of the program knowing not only the job but they have the experience, too,” Bohl said.

And employers know it.

Recent graduates are working at companies like Egan Companies, Hunt Electric Corporation, Black & Veatch, Cal-Tex Electric, Laketown Electric, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Ryan Companies, Mortenson Construction, and with various local unions.

The bottom line? Dunwoody electrical programs provide students access to multiple career paths and the skills and knowledge to tackle any one of them. Whether it’s construction, maintenance, design, low voltage, high voltage, estimating, sales, or project management—Dunwoody’s programs help students find their niche and then succeed in their chosen field.

Learn more

If either electrical program, or construction management, sounds interesting to you, attend our next open house on, Tuesday, June 13. Stop by anytime from 3 – 7 p.m. and meet with faculty, tour lab spaces, and talk curriculum. It’s not too late to enroll for fall semester.

Discover additional highlights of Dunwoody’s Electrical Construction Design & Management and Electrical Construction & Maintenance programs.


*Based on May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the state of Minnesota published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov. 

**Data reflects placement for AY2015-16 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact careerservices@dunwoody.edu.

Employee Spotlight: Elaine Geogleris Senior Admissions Counselor

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Hometown: Burnsville, MN

College: Macalester College

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?  Over 11 years!

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody?

Growing up, I heard many success stories regarding Dunwoody graduates, even prior to my work in higher education. It always seemed to me that Dunwoody students were focused, hard-working, and dedicated to their futures. In many cases, that meant becoming entrepreneurs and founding successful businesses after graduation. I was drawn to that reputation.

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I thoroughly enjoy meeting with students. My best days occur when I have several prospective student interviews/tour visits.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I enjoy biking, boating, and taking MN road-trips.

 Name 3 of your favorite snacks.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Isles Bakery Puppy Dog Tails, and Peanut M&Ms.

What is the one thing you are most proud of?

I am proud of my Greek heritage.

What kind of music do you listen to?

‘60s and ‘70s music. I love John Denver and Carpenter’s music.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

Seeing first hand student accomplishment and success, which stem from real-world, applied education. Dunwoody’s classrooms and curriculum replicate what happens in the actual workplace. Graduates are prepared to actively contribute to the company/workplace from day one. I hear repeatedly that Dunwoody graduates are the ‘go-to’ employees in a company.

Dunwoody awards high school robotics teams for design innovation

Three FRC teams each earned $500 for their innovative design solutions in the 2017 MSHSL Robotics Tournament.

Dunwoody Mechanical Engineering Instructor Jonathan Aurand

Dunwoody Mechanical Engineering Instructor Jonathan Aurand

On Saturday, May 20, Dunwoody gave out three Outstanding Engineering & Design Awards at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Robotics Championship at Mariucci Arena.

Dunwoody Mechanical Engineering Instructor Jonathan Aurand judged each of the state’s top 30 FIRST Robotics teams competing in the tournament and made selections based on unique engineering design solutions to robotic challenges.

FRC Team 2883

FRC Team 2883

The award acknowledges that while winning the tournament is a major achievement, innovation can come from creative thinking, experimentation, failure, and budgetary and/or engineering constraints. Each of the winning teams took home a trophy and a check for $500.

FRC Team 4198

FRC Team 4198

Congratulations to the following high school FIRST Robotics teams for earning the Outstanding Engineering & Design Award:

  • Team 2883 Warroad High School
  • Team 4198 Waconia Senior High School
  • Team 5172 Greenbush-Middle River
FRC Team 5172

FRC Team 5172

Dunwoody has been a friend and sponsor of the Minnesota State High School League’s FIRST Robotics competition for several years. This is the third year that Dunwoody has given out the Outstanding Engineering & Design Awards.

Dunwoody’s class of 2017 graduates

More than 450 alumni join Dunwoody’s proud history, most already employed

Last weekend, Dunwoody welcomed more than 450 new alumni to the College’s long and proud history of exceptional graduates. Dunwoody’s 2016-2017 Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 20, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Dunwoody 2016-2017 Commencement

Dunwoody 2016-2017 Commencement

Rob Borchardt, Associate Director of Career Services, reported that by the time Commencement arrived, 86% of Dunwoody’s 2016-17 graduates were already employed.

Will Steger keynotes Dunwoody Commencement

Environmentalist, Author, Educator, and Polar Explorer Will Steger was the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

Steger—who is working closely with Dunwoody Architecture students on the building of a Dining Hall for the Steger Wilderness Center—commended the College’s applied approach to education:

Dunwoody Commencement Keynote Speaker Will Steger

Dunwoody Commencement Keynote Speaker Will Steger

“Dunwoody’s form of education is hands-on, working one-on-one with faculty, collaborating. It’s a remarkable school,” he said. “When I walk into Dunwoody I see classrooms working as a team, getting to where you can’t get as an individual. We need more education like this.”

He also urged students to make the most out of their degree and to make a positive difference in life.

“You are at the right place, at the right time, with your [Dunwoody] diploma in your hand,” Steger said. “A baton is now passed to you. You are now the teachers, the mentors, the example-setters. It’s not just about getting a good job. It’s about who you are as a human being.”

Student Speaker Danny Treat reflects on Dunwoody experience

Student Speaker Danny Treat, who has accepted a position as a Drafter for leading air conditioning manufacturer Daikin, shared his story of bouncing around various colleges before finding the right fit in Dunwoody’s Engineering Drafting & Design program.

Dunwoody Commencement Student Speaker Danny Treat

Dunwoody Commencement Student Speaker Danny Treat

“The first semester was a revelation,” he said. “Dunwoody had a feel that I had never got from another college. There was a sense of purpose in the air and professionalism in the classrooms.”

He also shared: “The lessons taught and learned aren’t just ones for the classroom either. The determination and perseverance that it takes to complete a degree doesn’t only apply to your career. Those are skills we will use for life. As we move forward in our lives and careers we can lean on our Dunwoody experience with confidence, and know we are well equipped to handle any situation.”

President Rich Wagner inspires Dunwoody grads

After the degrees were awarded and diplomas handed out, President Wagner reminded the graduates that it’s now their turn to build on the legacy created by previous alumni.

Dunwoody President Rich Wagner

Dunwoody President Rich Wagner

“And now, you carry a responsibility to hold fast to the values a Dunwoody education represents and to take with you the challenge of perpetuating Dunwoody’s great reputation through your actions and accomplishments,” he said. “After the pomp and circumstance fades away, I want to remind you that your greatest accomplishments lie ahead of you.”

Congratulations to all of Dunwoody’s 2016-2017 graduates. We wish you well.


Photo credit: Stan Waldhauser Photo/Design

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